California school district spending and test scores

Willits Unified School District

Despite years of efforts to equalize spending in California schools, some districts receive thousands of dollars more per student than others. And although some districts spent much more than the average, the bigger expenditure didn't assure higher scores on the state's Academic Performance Index, which is based on student test scores and other academic measures. Download a spreadsheet of spending per student and Academic Performance Index data for all school districts here.

How does Willits Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$9,182   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

716   Median: 783

$9,182 spent per student ($14.5 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Fresno Unified $9,199
Seeley Union Elementary $9,193
Moreland Elementary $9,183
Willits Unified $9,182
Gazelle Union Elementary $9,178
Jamestown Elementary $9,177
Kit Carson Union Elementary $9,173
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Willits Unified (1,580.20) $9,182
Black Oak Mine Unified (1,554.80) $8,572
Kelseyville Unified (1,619.60) $8,270
Winters Joint Unified (1,591.10) $8,198
Nuview Union Elementary (1,569.00) $7,488
Pioneer Union Elementary (1,551.20) $6,995
Willows Unified (1,590.90) $6,959
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Round Valley Unified $21,676
Mendocino Unified $14,211
Potter Valley Community Unified $11,708
Laytonville Unified $11,098
Fort Bragg Unified $9,523
Ukiah Unified $9,493
Willits Unified $9,182

716 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Rio Elementary 716
Moreno Valley Unified 716
Di Giorgio Elementary 716
Willits Unified 716
Red Bluff Joint Union High 716
El Monte Union High 716
Chualar Union Elementary 716
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Pioneer Union Elementary (1,551.20) 847
Black Oak Mine Unified (1,554.80) 797
Nuview Union Elementary (1,569.00) 771
Winters Joint Unified (1,591.10) 759
Willows Unified (1,590.90) 731
Kelseyville Unified (1,619.60) 725
Willits Unified (1,580.20) 716
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Mendocino Unified 825
Fort Bragg Unified 762
Laytonville Unified 752
Potter Valley Community Unified 728
Willits Unified 716
Ukiah Unified 714
Round Valley Unified 566
A note about the data: Spending figures refer to "current expense of education" per student in average daily attendance in 2009-10. The figures exclude certain expenditures, such as retiree benefits, food services and facilities acquisition and construction costs. Figures should be interpreted in the context of local conditions.

The state's nearly 1,000 school districts are responsible for reporting the information to the state. If individual districts spot problems with the state-reported statistics in our database, California Watch will confirm and update the data while encouraging districts to correct any errors with the state so that the public has the most accurate data available.

Interactive by Agustin Armendariz and Michael Corey. Reporting by Louis Freedberg and Stephen K. Doig.

Source: California Department of Education
Filed under: K-12